Baltimore: Jim Harbaugh just isn't what he was during his "Captain Comeback" days in Indianapolis. Ravens should use Bengal-killer Eric Zeier.
Cincinnati: Paul Justin has the makings of a decent player. But he's operating behind an inconsistent line and possibly without Darnay Scott.
Baltimore: Bengals made Priest Holmes look like an elite back. His performance since that Sept. 27 game has proven he's far from being one.
Cincinnati: Corey Dillon worked furiously to gain 66 yards on 21 carries last week at Minnesota. He'll have a huge day one of these weeks.
Wide receivers - tight ends
Baltimore: From one speedster (Randy Moss) to another (Jermaine Lewis) for Cincinnati. Lewis, Michael Jackson and Eric Green are proven Bengal tormentors.
Cincinnati: Bengals will miss Scott, rated doubtful at presstime, who usually thrives against Ravens. Expect Justin to try to involve Pickens early.
Baltimore: Something's wrong. The Ravens allowed only nine sacks in their first five games, but have permitted 23 in the last five.
Cincinnati: Something's wrong. The Bengals are on pace to allow 56 sacks, their most since 1979 - the year before Anthony Munoz arrived.
Baltimore: Lewis should be an AFC Pro Bowl representative as a punt returner if he doesn't make the squad as a receiver.
Cincinnati: For once, no problems last week. But Lee Johnson must avoid punting down the middle of the field to Lewis.
Baltimore: Michael McCrary has 12ï sacks this season, first in the AFC and third in the league, giving him 33 sacks in his last 32 games.
Cincinnati: The Bengals WISH they had a McCrary. Somehow they must apply fierce pressure to compensate for injury-weakened secondary.
Baltimore: Peter Boulware and Ray Lewis, both 23, and Jamie Sharper, a day short of turning 24, are as good as they are young.
Cincinnati: Rookies Takeo Spikes and Brian Simmons continue to improve weekly. But they're not in Baltimore's class - yet.
Baltimore: Look out, Bengals. Rod Woodson's seven career interceptions against Cincinnati are his most against any team.
Cincinnati: Ashley Ambrose's knee injury severely weakens the Bengals, who'll be hampered if Artrell Hawkins' ankle bothers him.
Baltimore: Ted Marchibroda seems like he wouldn't harm a fly, which might be why the firing rumors keep buzzing around his head.
Cincinnati: Good move by Bruce Coslet to try Justin at quarterback. Nothing to lose now; why not give him a shot?
Justin's presence makes it tempting to pick the Bengals. But the last few weeks and the injuries erase all doubts.
Ravens 24, Bengals 20.
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